How the Pandemic Changed the 2021 Holiday Shopping Season | Economy

There was a time when online shopping was an inexpensive and effective way to find obscure merchandise and avoid a trip to the store. Then the coronavirus struck and turned the web into a way for homebound consumers to purchase life’s necessities.

E-commerce became a lifeline rather than a luxury and never more so than during the 2021 holidays. But as online shopping became ubiquitous, some of its earlier benefits disappeared, chief among them lower prices.

An analysis of online shopping trends during the 2021 Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday spending season by Adobe Digital Insights released Wednesday found that inflation has caught up with the web, as prices rose 3.5% in November from a year earlier and 3.1% annually in December. That was driven by demand, as consumers spent $204.5 billion during the 2021 holiday season, up 8.6% year over year.

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Step Out in Style This Season with These Women’s Winter Fashions | Lifestyles

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Winter is here, which means it’s time to layer up and step out in warm, cozy looks that dazzle even as the cold winds blow. From essential winter fashion boots to chunky sweaters, timeless tunics, and interesting textures, the latest winter fashions are all about mixing it up and reveling in rich and classic colors, fabrics, and styles.

Whether you’re headed to the office, meeting friends for a night out, or attending a casual holiday party, putting an outfit together can be as simple as matching fashion staples from your closet with a new piece or two. If you’re up for a wardrobe refresh, check out these must-have

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‘Don’t be fooled’: Tips to keep in mind before you buy online this holiday season

EL PASO, Texas — Online shopping can be great but if you’re not careful, you could lose out on your gifts and your cash. El Paso’s Better Business Bureau is asking you to be cautious before you buy this holiday shopping season.

The most common scams reported to the BBB’s “Scam Tracker” are related to online shopping fraud.

The President of El Paso’s BBB, Marybeth Stevens, said that especially during this time of the year, scammers are hard at working trying to get a hold of your personal information. “For the holidays…everything’s exacerbated,” Stevens said.

Before you buy, make sure you are shopping with a legitimate site. Check the site’s security, it should always start with “https://”.

Try to shop with your credit card. Most times credit cards can provide additional protection to get your money back if something were to happen. 

Another big tip, especially if you’re looking for

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Concerns about shopping safety during holiday season

Multiple stores have been hit, prompting law enforcement to step up patrols and warn shoppers to be on the look out.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif — Black Friday officially kicks off the holiday shopping season, but now concerns about safety and security are being raised. There have been a series of burglaries at high-end stores across California in the last few days.

No one, including retailers, expect to be robbed especially while people are shopping. But in the past week multiple stores have been hit, prompting law enforcement to step up patrols and warn shoppers to be on the lookout.

Just east of San Francisco, three people were arrested after about 80 people stormed a Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek last weekend. In Hayward, a group of burglars also smashed jewelry cases at Sam’s, grabbing items and running out the door.

On Wednesday, police say at least 18 people broke

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